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- Have you ever visited a monastery? Met a monk? What are the common stereotypes of monks?
2. Do you dress up for worship services? Why or why not? Are Sundays “fashion shows” or casual dress?
3. What did the priests do with the sacrifices of the people (verse 13)? What was the function of the three offerings. . .
- grain (see Numbers 15:2 – 4)
- sin (see Leviticus 4:27 – 31)
- guilt (see Leviticus 5:14 – 16)
4. What garments did the priests have to wear in the sanctuary (see Exodus 28:4)? Why couldn’t they wear them home (verse 14)? How can clothes be holy?
5. What is the purpose of the outside temple wall (verse 20)? What makes a place holy? Common? Why separate them?
6. During the exile, Judaism was forced to develop new institutions, such as rabbis, synagogues, formal prayers, etc. as temporary substitutes for the temple, sacrifices, priests, etc. Many of the new institutions survive today within Judaism. In what ways have these institutions influenced Christianity (remember that Jesus and many of the early believers were rabbis)? Why bother reading about Jewish temple regulations?
7. Priests acted as bridges between God and Israel. Do any of the following act as a bridge for God’s love to you?
- the Bible
- a preacher
- other believers
- the Lord’s Supper
8. What else has been your “priest”? When were you a priest for someone else? What happened?
9. In your life, do you have holy places? Times? People? Objects? What makes something holy?